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What is recovery like after having a thymoma removed?

What is recovery like after having a thymoma removed?

Depends: If you have thymoma removed by "traditional" technique, median sternotomy (split breast bone), recovery can be several months. Modern techniques will allow you to go home day after surgery and recovery within few weeks or less. I encourage patients to seek out a well trained, modern, minimally invasive thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a thymoma removed 25 days ago, is it normal to still have a lot of pain and pressure?

I had a thymoma removed 25 days ago, is it normal to still have a lot of pain and pressure?

Maybe: Recovery after thymoma differs depending on the type of surgery done to remove the thymus e.g. Sternotomy, cervical approach, minimally invasive (vats, or robotic). The pain may take weeks to months to get better. If your pain is not improving or if its getting worse you should contact your surgeon. They can tell you exactly what to expect at your stage of recovery. ...Read more

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I had a thymoma removed last year and I was told it was benign and was fully encapsulated. But now every little pain and throb in my chest makes me ne?

I had a thymoma removed last year and I was told it was benign and was fully encapsulated. But now every little pain and throb in my chest makes me ne?

Cured: More likely than not you are cured!
talk with your doc or surgeon
low chance of recurrence if you have the correct info. ...Read more

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I had a thymoma removed via median sternotomy 4 months ago. I am still having fairly moderate pain. Is this normal? When can I go back to work?

I had a thymoma removed via median sternotomy 4 months ago. I am still having fairly moderate pain. Is this normal? When can I go back to work?

Sternotomy: Is surgical incision through bone, and bone can take a long time to heal. But 4 months seems a bit too long. You should consult with your surgeon, who might have a better idea about healing in your particular case. Return to work depends a lot upon the nature of your work. ...Read more

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mother in law had a >7cm long 3cm wide thymoma removed 2 wks ago. It was well encapsulated per surgeon. No biopsy results as of today? Is that normal

mother in law had a >7cm long 3cm wide thymoma removed 2 wks ago. It was well encapsulated per surgeon. No biopsy results as of today? Is that normal

No: While thymomas are not the most common mediatinal tumor they do occur and occasionally reach a size greater than 5 cm. The malignant versions are more rare but it is essential that the diagnosis be established because metastasis from metastatic thymoma is recognized and must be treated accordingly ...Read more

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What can cause thymoma?

What can cause thymoma?

Unknown cause: Like many other Cancers, the cause of Thymoma is unknown. It is simply an accident of nature and sheer bad luck! ...Read more

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What is an atypical thymoma?

What is an atypical thymoma?

Tumor: Thymoma is a type of cancer that begins in the thymus. Thymoma is generally a slow-growing tumor. The following links may provide more information: http://goo. Gl/mqtn1 and this one: http://goo. Gl/oetwz and this one: http://goo. Gl/yjnh5. ...Read more

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How fast does a thymoma grow?

How fast does a thymoma grow?

See below: Generally a slow growing tumor and are locally invasive. Most low grade tumors are benign and often cured with surgery alone. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a thymoma?

How do you diagnose a thymoma?

Imaging +/- biopsy: Chest ct scan is the main modality. Additional tests can be used and occasionally a needle biopsy may be needed. Frequently the diagnosis is confirmed only after resection. ...Read more

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What are the tests for thymoma?

Lab, imaging and bio: Ct imaging can help the environment, both location and size. Blood tests are used to help clarify its presence, and look for associations with myasthenia gravis. Testing that can done and include test to see for associations to myasthenia gravis, that include antibodies to acetylcholine receptor, blood counts, chemical panels looking at liver and kidney, immune evaluation of the cells inside. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thymoma?

What are the symptoms of thymoma?

May be none: Up to half of people can have no symptoms. It can be found by accident when a chest film or ct scan is performed and a mass is found. Since it is the middle of the chest and if it grows large it can cause compression symptoms such as trouble swallowing or chest pain. It is looked for with certain diseases: myathenia gravis and can be associated with connective tissue and autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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What part of the body does a thymoma affect?

What part of the body does a thymoma affect?

Anterior mediastinum: Thymoma is a tumor that starts in the thymus. The thymus sits in font of the heart behind the sternum or breast bone. This area is called the anterior mediastinum. Thymoma can spread to other parts if the body like the lungs. But this is rare and they are usually contained within the thymus in the anterior mediastinum. ...Read more

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I have just recently learned that I have a thymoma and my former husband had one 8 years ago? Seem strange? I thought that this was rare? Does it seem strange that we both would have one.

I have just recently learned that I have a thymoma and my former husband had one 8 years ago? Seem strange? I thought that this was rare? Does it seem strange that we both would have one.

Unusual: As dr. Stegman notes, it is an unusual coincidence. I concur, if not done already, you should consult with a skilled thoracic surgeon to assess best surgical approach. The majority of thymomas can be removed/resected using minimally invasive techniques such as vats or robotic. ...Read more

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What are alternative remedies for thymoma?

What are alternative remedies for thymoma?

Adjuncts only: Surgery is your mainstay of therapy when the thymoma is operable. Radiation and perhaps chemotherapy as appropriate. Complementary and comfort measures may be very helpful. "Alternative" practitioners nowadays tend to be the ones who talk darkly about conspiracies to hide easy cures. These are all phony. Don't reward these folks with your money, no matter how desperate you may be. ...Read more

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I have thymoma what is the down side to the operation.

I have thymoma what is the down side to the operation.

Slight risk: Anesthesia
operation, bleeding, infection are infrequent but possibles.
Get the surgeon to thoroughly review risks, benefits and options - it is part of the process and important. ...Read more

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Is thymoma cancerous?

Is thymoma cancerous?

Sometimes: There are both malignant and nonmalignant formsmof thymoma. ...Read more

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How do you prevent thymoma from reoccurrence?

How do you prevent thymoma from reoccurrence?

Thymoma recurrence: The best way to prevent recurrence is surgical resection with negative margins in the first place. If surgical margins are positive or "close" consideration to add radiation therapy is strongly recommended. ...Read more

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Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a malignancy?

Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a malignancy?

Likely: Thymoma generally considered a slow growing form of cancer that begins in the thymus. Thymomas should be removed. Individuals with thymoma should have thorough evaluation by a thoracic surgeon. The following links may provide more information: http://goo. Gl/mqtn1 and this one: http://goo. Gl/oetwz and this one: http://goo. Gl/yjnh5. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for thymoma?

What is the treatment for thymoma?

Depends clinical set: This depends on the clinical setting. Sometimes you may need surgical excision, especially if concerned about malignancy. Biopsies can be done. But surgery is the usual approach. Depending on the spread even chemotherapy is indicated. It is associated with myasthenia gravis at times. At times removal can cure the myasthenia gravis. ...Read more

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Can thymoma spread via the lymph nodes?

Can thymoma spread via the lymph nodes?

Very unlikely: Thymomas rarely spread via lymph nodes. Most often they spread by direct extention into other organs or by "drop" metastasis into the pleural or pericardial cavities. ...Read more

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What is the average time in surgery for removing a stage one thymoma?

What is the average time in surgery for removing a stage one thymoma?

Open thymectomy: Typically takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours. A video approach with or without a robot usually takes a little longer, but avoids dividing the breast bone. Some thymomas are safely removed with either approach, others may require the open approach through the breast bone. Discuss the options with your surgeon to help understand what is best for you. ...Read more

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Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

Depends: A thymoma is a malignant tumor of the thymus, and the seriousness depends on details in the pathology report. An ectopic thymus and a hamartoma are both benign, but if the report says "thymoma" then it is probably malignant although not necessarily very serious if completely removed. Discuss with your surgeon! ...Read more

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Can a malignant thymoma weaken the immune system?

Can a malignant thymoma weaken the immune system?

Age related: In adults there is little evidence that there is a negative impact on the immune system. This in not the case in children. ...Read more

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I have a thymoma and I've been havin chest pain with numbness and tingling in my arms I know its not a panic attack like everyone says so what could be?

I have a thymoma and I've been havin chest pain with numbness and tingling in my arms I know its not a panic attack like everyone says so what could be?

Check it out: Any chest pain should be considered a possibility of heart origin -- so make sure that it is not a coronary heart disease -- then perhaps you need another imaging study to see the size of your thymoma -- it too can cause chest discomfort and numbness to the extremities and may need to be removed -. ...Read more

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